Kenny Dalglish
Dalglish is hoping to bring as many youngsters on board as possible. REUTERS

Liverpool will get a result against Manchester City at Anfield this weekend because they are a 'big-game' team according to Sky Sports Pundit Paul Merson.

Liverpool host table topping Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and although Roberto Mancini's side are the in-form side in the Premier League, Merson believes Kenny Dalglish's team have the capacity to rise to the occasion against the division's top sides.

Merson believes Liverpool will try and frustrate City even though they are playing at Anfield, suggesting Dalglish is likely to persist with a 4-5-1 formation, with midfielders supplementing a loan striker.

The former England international intimates Liverpool's style is better suited to playing the Premier League's top clubs and he expects them to continue their recent good form against their nearest rivals by getting a result at Anfield at the weekend.

"Liverpool are a big-game team and they rarely disappoint against the big boys. We've seen them win at Arsenal and Chelsea this year and they should have beaten Man Utd as well." The former Arsenal star told

"Their fans know their football and they're quite shrewd. If Liverpool set up with a 4-5-1 on Sunday the fans won't get on their backs; they understand that's the best way to play the game.

"They lacked pace against Swansea, so I was pleased to see Craig Bellamy in the team at Chelsea and I would play him again here, probably on the wing with Stewart Downing on the other.

"You have to pick Luis Suarez, but I'd ask him to come a bit deeper and connect himself to Nigel De Jong or Gareth Barry when City have the ball to prevent them from dictating play. They can't afford to be picked off in midfield. You could then go with Andy Carroll as your targetman who could provide an option up front when things get tight in midfield.

"They need to keep things tight, but I think Liverpool are a big-game team and will get a result."